Toddler Time: Bugs!

Our spring session of Toddler Time started today, hooray!  The winter session was so popular with patrons, that I’m very curious to see how this one goes.  We had a slightly smaller crowd than normal today, but it was still a pretty full house (and, honestly, I blame the icky weather for keeping people at home).  Our theme today was bugs because it’s one of my favorite themes to do for storytime!

OPENING RHYMES:

OPEN, SHUT THEM
Credit:  Traditional

HANDS UP HIGH
Credit:  Manly Library

BUGS BOOKS

BOOKS:

TINY LITTLE FLY BY MICHAEL ROSEN

CAN YOU MAKE A SCARY FACE BY JAN THOMAS

MIDDLE RHYMES:

I’M A LITTLE BEETLE
Credit:  Mel’s Desk

THE ITSY BITSY, GREAT BIG, AND ROCKIN’ ROLLIN’ SPIDER
Credit:  Childhood

SHOO FLY, DON’T BOTHER ME
Credit:  Song is traditional; however, I also used these great pipe cleaner puppets from Mel’s Desk

The Ants Go Marching

FLANNELBOARD:

THE ANTS GO MARCHING
Rhyme Credit:  Traditional
Flannel Set Credit:  In the Children’s Room

CALM DOWN RHYME:

TWINKLE, TWINKLE
Credit:  Traditional

MOVEMENT ACTIVITY:

BUBBLES!
Instead of catching bugs, we caught bubbles while we listened to the YMCA (weird song to listen to during bubbles, but it’s so upbeat and peppy, that’s it’s good background music for activities).

CLOSING RHYME:

CHILDREN, CHILDREN TURN AROUND

HOW IT WENT:

I decided to add a calm down rhyme right after our flannelboard because the toddlers are always so rambunctious by then.  I know it’s a good thing and that it means that they’re enjoying themselves, but I also feel as though barely any of them pay attention to the second story because of it.  So I decided that Twinkle, Twinkle is a good song to use to try to calm everyone down enough to sit through another story.  And I was right.  Even though we had lots of rowdy kids marching around the room for The Ants Go Marching, they all climbed into a caregiver’s lap and settled down during Twinkle Twinkle.

Overall, I think today was a big success, and this is a great storytime plan to use.  The books invited lot of questions and interactions.  And many of the rhymes were familiar to the caregivers, so they all sang along.  However, the toddlers were especially rowdy during the bubbles portion.  Bubbles were a big hit in the winter session, but today I had older toddlers running around like crazy, not watching where they were going, running into each other, and stepping on the younger ones.  I tried to control the chaos by telling the toddlers to find a square (our storytime carpet has colorful squares on it) and to stay in their square and wait for the bubbles to come to them, but that only worked with two older kids for about ten seconds, then chaos ensued again.  Oh well…we’ll be taking a two week break from bubbles, and maybe I’ll think of something to keep order by then.  (Probably not, though.)

PDF HANDOUT:

Bugs

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3 thoughts on “Toddler Time: Bugs!

  1. I’m about to do a bug storytime for my toddlers this ne week! My favorite flannel for it “Five hungry ants”:
    Five hungry ants went out to dine
    Five hungry ants all in a line
    They marched past the salad
    They marched past the cake
    They marched past the pepper,
    Oh no! that was a mistake!
    AAAACHOOO!
    At the “Achoo!”, through one of the ants over your shoulder. The kids think it’s absolutely hilarious

  2. […] Now, I’m not a huge fan of bugs in real life (with the exception of ladybugs and lightning bugs…and crickets), but this storytime theme has so many awesome books and activities to choose from that the hardest part of planning a bugs theme is deciding what to exclude!  To give you an idea of how many great bug books and activities are out there, here’s what I did in 2011 for a pre-k storytime, and here’s a bug theme that I did last Spring with the toddlers. […]

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